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Today's News

  • Protesters call for school changes

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Members of the Grayson Citizens for Better Schools staged a peaceful demonstration Monday morning in front of the Grayson County School Board office in Independence, calling for changes in leadership and protesting recent budget cuts and teacher firings.

    Several motorists honked their horns as they passed by the group, which held signs referencing school leaders they’d like to see replaced.

  • Hillsville wants to treat Exit 14 wastewater

    HILLSVILLE — To avoid the strain of higher water and sewer costs for town citizens, Hillsville officials are discussing options with the Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) to bring additional wastewater through the town’s plant in order to maximize use and prevent a potential price hike.

    Travis Jackson, a consultant for the town, along with Mayor Greg Crowder and Town Manager Retta Jackson, approached the Carroll PSA at its April 13 meeting, and requested specifically that the town treat wastewater flow from Interstate 77’s busy Exit 14.

  • Readers Hotline 4/27/15

    Clean it up
    I am a citizen that lives on Tower Road and it is nothing but a trash pile, especially the end coming toward the four-way stop off Country Club Lane. It seems like people just want to throw their trash out all over the road. It looks awful and terrible and needs to be cleaned up. I would like to live in a nice, clean area. Please, if there is anything you can do about this, please help.

    Confused

  • Hash running for Providence supervisor seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Michael Hash has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for the Providence District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.

    “I understand the needs of our community,” said Hash in a news release. “I am always looking for ways to serve my community and I am very excited about the opportunity to serve the residents of my districts.”

    John Brewer, who holds the Providence seat now, has said he will not seek re-election. Instead, he is running for a school board seat.

  • Meet the vendors at farmers' market

    These profiles of vendors at the Independence Farmers Market were submitted by market manager Michelle Pridgen.

    INDEPENDENCE — If you have been to the Independence Farmers Market in Independence Town Park, you may have noticed a booth with a large “Grayson LandCare” banner behind it, potted plants in front, and a very friendly woman in between. Kathy Cole, newly-elected president of Grayson LandCare Inc., has set up a fund-raising booth for the past three years.

  • Accountant charged with bank fraud

    UPDATED 4/28/15:

    ABINGDON — Robert Donald Morgan III is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 13 in federal court, after being charged with one count of bank fraud, according to police reports.

  • Sheriff cautioned school of potential danger

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A 2012 incident in Grayson County schools still causes concern for many parents, and a letter obtained by a citizens’ group shows those concerns were shared by the sheriff’s office, as well.

    The situation involved a Grayson County High School student who allegedly made a “homicidal threat” to another student and was reportedly seen with a knife at school, according to a letter from Sheriff Richard Vaughan to Grayson Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant on Nov. 8, 2012.

  • WCC names new president

    RICHMOND – Dr. Dean E. Sprinkle of Statesville, N.C., will become the next president at Wytheville Community College, announced Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Sprinkle will begin his new post July 1, replacing retiring president Charlie White.

    “Dr Sprinkle will be a tremendous fit for Wytheville Community College,” DuBois said in making the appointment. “He has built an impressive career of academic leadership and I’m looking forward to seeing the next chapter of that unfold here in Virginia.”

  • School board should take county's offer

    You hear a lot this time of year about the stress students are being put through as they take state tests; about the anxiety and sleepless nights as they worry about their future.

    This year, in Grayson County, the teachers and staff are the ones concerned about their fates as the school system tries to find a way to balance a budget while faced with a funding shortfall.

  • Fuller Center to host wall build

    HILLSVILLE - The Fuller Center of Housing - Greater Carroll County Area, in cooperation with Crossroads Missions, will host a first-ever "Wall Build" event on May 2. Beginning at 8 a.m., volunteers will gather in the Hillsville VFW building, where they will build nearly 60 walls for a local home in just a few hours.